A Detroit metro doctor is one of the main culprits in the opioid crisis after prescribing thousands of counterfeit pain pills, charging the government millions and flooding streets with the highly addictive drug that has killed more than 1,000 people in Michigan and nearly a million across the country, federal authorities say. Dr. John G. Miller Jr., of Detroit, was arrested Friday morning for allegedly overprescribing opioids and other controlled substances. He was sentenced to five years in prison for writing prescriptions for heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone and morphine, as well as other opioids, prosecutors said.
Alwajed, of Detroit, faces charges of aiding and abetting the distribution of controlled substances, including Adderall and Hydrocone, in violation of the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Abuse Act.
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Still, the Justice Department believes its crackdown on doctors in Michigan will work if the financial savings are an indication. Oxycodone has doubled in the past two years from $20 to $40 a pill, and half of that is linked to money that used to go to doctors for pills. Recruits pay Medicare recipients between $50 and $150 to show up for an appointment at a suburban doctor's office, and then sell the pills on the street at a hefty profit. In Michigan, that's more than $1 billion less, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the accused doctors in Michigan have different medical experience and backgrounds, prosecutors say they have one thing in common: greed.
According to the department, more doctors and pharmacists have been convicted of fraud in southeastern Michigan than in any other state except New York. The government notes that only a small percentage of doctors in about 1% of Michigan have caused harm, but their actions have produced catastrophic results. Over the past decade, more than 100 doctors have been charged with illegally prescribing pills, and the opioid epidemic is killing more than 130 Americans every day. Hundreds of Michigan doctors have succumbed to greed, dependence on pills and patients "desire for pain relief, fueling the opioid epidemic that killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017 alone, according to a report by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
In the last decade, 415 defendants have been charged with running a program in southeastern Michigan that collectively charged the government more than $1 billion for illegal prescriptions and benefits.
Prosecutors say the program helped fund the lifestyle of the ringleaders, and Zigmond, who is a U.S. citizen, made $5.7 million in profits while he made a major effort to hide the drug ring. As part of a plea deal, he agreed to lose property related to the crime as well as $1.5 million of his own money. A chiropractor who ran one of the largest drug rings in the US and ran a large-scale drug ring in Detroit since moving from Russia more than 20 years ago is facing 15 years in prison.
Mike Shaw says the clinic attracted patients from all over the world, at any time of the day or night. Almost every day, fake patients would arrive in suite 116, knock on the door and give a code name to be seen by the doctor. There were at least three different doctors in the building and almost no officers were called in to observe.